Saturday, December 5, 2020
Coon Rapids Main Street
Coon Rapids' annual holiday tradition began in 2008 as an evening filled with Christmas shopping and fellowship. This year’s event promises to once again be a magical experience. In its 13th year, event organizers are adding live reindeer, lighted Christmas parade and drive-in movie to the line-up of family-friendly activities on Saturday, December 5. There will not, however, be a community meal or holiday concerts.
We ask everyone to practice social distancing and wear a mask if that is not possible.
Click here to download the event schedule/flyer
Shopping 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Support local businesses and start your Christmas shopping. Downtown retailers will extend their hours until 5:00 p.m. A full list of boutiques and stores is provided below.
Giving Tree all day | Frohlich’s SuperValu
Each tag on the Giving Tree lists the age, gender and wish list of an unidentified child from the area. Anyone is welcome to select a tag off the tree and purchase a corresponding gift for a child. The Giving Tree will be located at Frohlich's SuperValu for the first few weeks of December, and gifts can be dropped off at the City Clerk’s Office.
Outdoor inflatables for photos 10 a.m. – 5 pm. | Tony's Corner
Take a selfie by holiday outdoor inflatables.
Live Reindeer 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Veterans’ Memorial Park
Get your photo taken in Santa’s magical sleigh with one of his live reindeer. The reindeer and sleigh will be located in the Veterans’ Memorial Park on Main Street. Make sure to bring your own camera or cell phone.
Horse-drawn Carriage rides 1-5 p.m. | Corner of Main Street and Fifth Avenue
TAGA Ranch (Toni Robbins) will be downtown from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, December 5 offering horse-drawn carriage rides. Toni and her Sire horse named Trigger will provide rides for $5/person with a maximum of $20/family.
Mighty Clover 4H Grocery Grab and Dash Raffle – 1-5 p.m. | Raccoon River Social Club
Purchase a raffle ticket for the Mighty Clover 4H Club’s Grocery Grab and Dash. The winning raffle ticket holder will be given one minute to dash around Frohlich’s SuperValu and put as many grocery items in his/her cart as possible. A second grab and dash participant will do the same but the grocery items will be donated to the Coon Rapids and Bayard food pantry. The Mighty Clovers will pay for the groceries for both participants. Click here for more details.
KB Sweet Shop - 2-5 p.m. | 521 Main Street
KB Sweet Shop (Kristy Bass) will be selling holiday baked goods at 521 Main Street from 2-5 p.m.
Grab-and-go kids' crafts 2-5 p.m.
Holiday crafts (cookie decorating kit, ornament craft kit, coloring pages) will be available for children to complete at home. Purchase a $20 Kids’ Holiday Craft Kit for your kids to enjoy at home. Each kit includes:
- a cookie decorating kit (15 sugar cookies, 3 colors of buttercream icing and sprinkles)
- a Scratch Art ornament kit, (125 mini notes in 5 unique shapes plus wooden stylus). This kit was paid for by Christmas in a Small Town Sponsors.
- four holiday coloring pages
Order a kit by November 27 from Kristy Bass ([email protected]
, via FB or text 712.369.0759) and pick up at 521 Main Street.
or Tanya Wurzer ([email protected]
, via FB or text 712.830.0244) and pick up at Raccoon River Social Club.
Lighted parade with Mr. and Mrs. Claus 5:30 p.m.
We are beyond excited to host a lighted Christmas parade this year! We have even received confirmation from Mr. and Mrs. Claus that they will anchor our parade. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. traveling through downtown and around Coon Rapids to add joy to the community. Click here to view the parade route
. The theme is “Christmas Movies”. Please consider participating by decorating a vehicle (car, truck, UTV, fire truck, tractor, etc.) in lights and decorations. To participate, contact Laura Hachmeister (712-254-0545) or Kelly Pevestorf ([email protected]
712-790-0037) or click here to download a float registration form
. Staging will begin by the Coon Rapids Municipal Building on the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue at 4:30 p.m. Prizes will be given for 1st Place Best Theme, 2nd Place Best Theme, Most Creative and Best Light Show.
Drive-in Movie 7:30 p.m. | Hartung Parking Lot
A drive-in movie will be set up in the Hartung parking lot (between 5th and 6th Avenues south of Main Street). Pile your kids or grandkids into the family vehicle to enjoy a showing of “The Grinch” provided by the Coon Rapids Library. Parking will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m.
While we wish we could partake in a community meal and fellowship, we encourage everyone instead to order a to-go meal from a local restaurant. Support our local eateries every Saturday in December by ordering a meal for yourself, friends and family. Local eatery options: Coon Bowl, Cady’s, Chuck’s Bar and Grill, La Terraza, Frohlich’s SuperValu and the Country Store.
Tis the season
Gifts for good little shoppers
In place of the traditional grand-prize drawings, the Christmas in a Small Town committee has partnered with Santa’s helpers to reward local shoppers with Coon Buck gift certificates this year. His elves will be randomly appearing around Coon Rapids between Thanksgiving and Christmas presenting Coon Bucks to shoppers. Shop local and you may be rewarded.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus
Mr. and Mrs. Claus are unable to greet every child at the Legion this year, but promise they are watching everyone very closely this year. They will make an appearance at the end of the parade, so make sure to watch the parade and wave at your favorite jolly couple.
Elf on the Shelf
Santa Claus notified the Coon Rapids staff that he is sending an “Elf on the Shelf” to watch over our children this year. The elf will move from storefront window to storefront window to keep an eye on our town. We’ll put out a daily Facebook post stating which business the Elf is visiting and encourage everyone to check out the elf. Photos with the elf and posted to the city’s Facebook page are highly recommended to show Santa all the good girls and boys in Coon Rapids.
Pallet Christmas trees
Businesses and organizations will use their creative skills to craft Christmas trees from wooden pallets. Travel around town to view their work and then click here to vote
on your favorite. The winning trees decorators will win prize money. Winners will be announced December 21.
Avenue of Trees and Boulevard
Downtown storefronts will be lit up with festive Christmas trees. Stroll up and down the streets to view the holiday decor. Make sure to drive along the Main Street Boulevard to see the new tree displays there as well.
Dickens’ Village Display:
The Donna Kinnick and Keely Sanden-Kinnick family will set up their Dickens’ Village Display in the windows of Availa Bank.
Business Open Houses and Shopping Promotions
Support local businesses and start your Christmas shopping. Downtown
retailers will extend their hours until 5:00 p.m.
Brown Bag & Co
. Holiday Open House 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Chele's Corner Boutique & Consignments
Melissa and Doug items 20% off
Coon Rapids Hardware Hank
Open House; 5% of sales will be donated to the CR-B Second Grade Missouri Trip; in store specials
Coon Rapids Pharmacy
Christmas cookie treats and beverages
Purchase prefilled bags of groceries for the local food pantry. Open normal hours.
Open for holiday shopping
New Hope Bargain Shop
Patriot Trainer Fitness
Christmas specials: Free 1st Phorm bar with any purchase AND Health & Wellness Vitamin Line Special: 10% off 1 item, 15% off 2 items and 20% off 3 or more items.
The Trading Post
Providing Tastefully Simple products with samples. Grab and Go gift specials for less than $20. Door prizes and more.
Village Hobby House
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Drinks and Dinning
Local restaurants will be open all day and into the evening offering Christmas dinners and other tasty meals. Make sure to spread some holiday cheer to our local chefs by supporting their businesses (free delivery, dine-in or take-out available). This year there will not be a community meal at the Legion building.
Open 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Chuck's Bar and Grill
$1 will be donated to the American Legion for every $5 bowl of chili sold. $9 Christmas dinner (ham balls, party potatoes or red potatoes, green bean casserole or cream peas, dinner roll and dessert) available from 11-1 and 4-7. Free delivery. Pickup, delivery or dine-in. Handing out a craft kit with a melted snowman (hot cocoa).
Coon Bowl III
Dine-in or carry out
Open for take-out
Open for take-out
La Terraza Mexican Restaurant
Dine-in or carry out
Northside Recreation Parlor
Happy hour specials all day.